Starting a Janitor Service From Home

Starting a janitor service is an excellent way to make money working from home. Although it is a low tech business you can make a pretty good income if you are willing to work nights and weekend. There is a high demand for people who are willing to work hard and provide their customers with great service. Another benefit of this business is that it does not take a lot of materials to get started. Often you can finds the materials you need right around you house.

Step- 1 Do you research. Before you begin a janitorial services business you should know what to expect. You need to understand the types of services offered by other janitorial companies and the level of local competition. You also need to know what tools you use and what the expected hourly rate is in your area. This is the rate other janitors are making. You want to remember to charge by the job and not by the hour. Doing this, you will normally make more money.

Step 2- Start the business. You probably don't want to spend a lot of money to get started. I started my first window cleaning business with a spray bottle and a towel. After the fourth job, I had the squeegies, the extension poles and all the other equipment I needed to do a professional job. I do suggest you have start up capital to cover basic business expenses, marketing materials (fliers, business cards, and a little extra to supplement your income while you are getting started. With low budget advertising you could do this comfortable on $20,000. ( I have done it on as little as a 1,000 but I did the first 50 customers for a very low initial price because I had to start making money immediately.

Step 3- Start simple and get licensed. Getting a license is easy. Most state and cities require a license. It unusually costs 50 to 100 dollars for each. It may help you to be licensed and bonded too, it just depends on the market. It is important for you to start simple- the basics include mopping, vacuuming, dusting, cleaning bathrooms and emptying garbage cans. The alternative to this would be to find an under serviced niche in your market and start with that. (You can make more per hour offering specialty services.) Best luck starting you janitor service business from home!


  1. Good pointers. It is also helpful to have marketing materials and a bidding system to ensure accurate pricing. Then, after you get started you will need accounting, hiring, management, quality control and customer follow-up systems.

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  2. Great Advice, as an owner of a recently formed cleaning and maid service I agree with almost everything in this Blog. I would also recommend purchasing insurance; I would have never gotten many clients otherwise and it is relatively inexpensive.

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